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Occupational Therapy

KU's occupational therapy programs are nationally recognized for excellence as a leader in education and research in the field. The Department of Occupational Therapy Education resides in the KU School of Health Professions and is located on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan. The department offers three degree programs:

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

For students wanting to enter the profession of occupational therapy, this graduate degree begins with one year of undergraduate study. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination to obtain OT licensure. >> MOT program details

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

This online doctoral program is designed for practicing occupational therapists who want to pursue the highest level of advanced practice. A degree in occupational therapy from an accredited program, a master’s degree, and current license to practice as an occupational therapist are required for admission. >> OTD program details

PhD in Therapeutic Science

Ph.D. in Therapeutic Science With an emphasis on understanding the consequences of health conditions for the person, rather than the health condition itself, therapeutic science is an interdisciplinary program that involves faculty in a variety of departments and schools across the University of Kansas. >> PhD program details


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Innovative Swim Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Partnering with Autism Speaks, the KU Department of Occupational Therapy Education developed the Sensory Supported Swimming program to teach swimming and water safety to children with ASD. To promote successful learning, instructors combine traditional Red Cross learn-to-Swim methods with sensory strategies matched to the unique needs of each child. Details


Accreditation and Student Outcomes

KU's Master of Occupational Therapy program is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. Details

Last modified: Aug 22, 2014

Student in therapeutic science receives Wounded Warrior Scholarship: Read about it in the spring 2014 issue of Jayhawk Salute, published by the KU Verterans Alumni Chapter.


Sensory Supported Swimming
Innovative KU-developed program teaches swimming and water safety to children with autism spectrum disorders. Watch video and learn more about the program and how you can help.

KU's Dory Sabata received 2014 Excellence in Service Learning Award

KU MOT students completing service learning requirement helping child with cerebral palsy.

KU faculty leads team of OTs researching social activities of children with autism. Listen

Advising

We're here to answer questions and help students prepare for an exciting career in occupational therapy. Connect with an advisor or schedule a campus visit: otprogram@kumc.edu.

For advising on the KU Lawrence campus, please visit University Advising Center at 785-864-2834, Strong Hall Room 132.

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